tv US House of Representatives Special Orders CSPAN September 8, 2016 7:00pm-9:01pm EDT
and they had already, first thing when she comes out, she asked for her laptop and she is at the hospital bed with a laptop, no doubt, writing, producing documents for things, moving public policy from her hospital bed. i had the privilege to be present an award to her in washington, d.c., and it was an an event here in town. i was thinking how do i make this work because my schedule wouldn't work for that and i couldn't let phyllis down. she had hurt her back and went in for back surgery. i will tape a video for the people that are there to commemorate phyllis and visit her. i flew to st. louis and -- at the nursing home where she was recovering from the back surgery
they had to put cement in her back. like it comes out of the truck? pretty much she said. they fill in the gaps that i have and i have to take therapy and i will be fine. he was fine mentally. this woman had an aura about her, i can only think of three people in my lifetime that when they were in the room you knew it, there was something emanating from the character, the soul, the intellect of phyllis schlafly. it's an extraordinary life. i know one of her close friends is louie gohmert who is on the floor tonight, i'd appreciate it if congressman gohmert, our friend from texas, would say a few words about phyllis. mr. gohmert: thank you, so much. what a woman. what person.
phyllis schlafly led efforts to return america to being a shining light on a hill. that it had been. but the light was dimming. she could see that. she could see the harm that was happening to our most vulnerable. and she led an effort more years than anybody that i've ever known personally, return america to being a citadel for freedom and for morality from which freedom can only grow. yet w us losing our way, she remained relentless.
those who despiced her know better than most anyone else, this is someone who would never, ever give up. she was a leader, a warrior, a mentor, a friend. and like very dear friends, like family, you have disagreements sometimes, but you knew her heart. you knew she wanted what was best for you, for this country, for the world. phyllis will -- mr. king: if the gentleman will yield, i'd just like to interject, when i disagreed with phyllis, i just assumed i was wrong. i yield back. mr. gemert: -- mr. gohmert: that's a great assumption with phyllis. she's fought the good fight. she's finished her course. she's kept the faith. i'll be there saturday morning for the -- with her family but the best memorial we can give to
phyllis schlafly is to make sure the light of freedom and morality does not die in america. thank you, i yield back. mr. king: reclaiming my time, thanking the gentleman from texas for a moving presentation here. i know it means something deeply in his heart as it does in ours as here in this country, across the country, by the thousands. one thing i would like to interject into this discussion. she would want me to say, article 3, section 2, court stripping western don't need to genuflect to the supremacists. the court has gotten out of control. the constitution is set up where they're to be the weakest branch of government, not a splem cyst branch of government. phyllis handed me the man ewe vipt to this book, it was printed off a copy machine, kind of clipped together, i work
through all of that, i wrote edits on it, notes in the margin, i worked through it for hours, in fact, it was days. it got lost on the plane back from africa. i said, i need a little more time to work on the edits of your book because the manuscript has been lost in the freight, in the luggage. she looked at me and said, well, congressman, i didn't intend for you to edit my book, i just intebbed for you to have an early copy. i knew exactly what i wanted to say. and this, the book stands up. she knew exactly what she wanted to say. says a lot about her intellect and personality. with utter clarity, the clearest political thinker of our time, based in biblical values, values of christianity, constitutional values, a clear understanding of people and humanity and faith and family, she wrote on so many topics and she had with utter clarity on topic after topic
after topic. she lived a life of 92 years. she was a player on the public arena since immediately post-world war ii and she was a player in our lives to this day and she's in our heart, she's in our soul, she's in our conscience and she affects our thinking and actions and she will for a long, long time to come. s that woman who has redirected the destiny of america. and i can't think of anyone who has had, any woman who has had more impact on the course of history in the united states of america, nor weighs more hely on our sense of duty of what we need to do going forward to continue to honor the glorious life of phyllis schlafly, rest in peace, phyllis, god love you, we do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. does the gentleman from iowa have a motion? mr. king: madam speaker, i move the house to now adjourn.
the senate passing jasta back in may with the support obviously of senator shumer from new york and john cornyn of texas. a little deeper into the work that those senators and other members of congress have done with 9/11 families, how have those families kept the pressure on members of congress for this legislation? guest: well, you know, i think
really the thing to remember here is that this is a piece of legislation that's short of hard to say no to politically. there's a -- there's quite a few supporters of this bill treating it as a moral imperative. they are calling for justice for victims of the families of victims of these attacks. there's sort of long been speculation that saudi arabia was either explicitly or implicitly supportive of the 9/11 attacks in some way. now the saudi government has of course vehemently denied this and the white house has backed them up but the fact remain this is a 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were saudi. that's sort of kept a veneer of speculation surrounding the kingdom. host. you mention it's hard to say no to but that's what the white
house is going to do. you mention it in your article at thehill.com. president obama set to veto the legislation. what's his argument against it? guest: he's got two arguments gainst it. one is that it will damage the relationship with saudi arabia. he's also concerned that this will open the door for the u.s. government to be subject to the same kind of lawsuits from other countries. sporters of the bill say it is narrowly drawn and this isn't a concern an there's some doubt that the president may actually pull out his veto pen. for one thing, the white house has been very careful about the language that it has used when it expressed opposition to this bill. they stopped short of actually threatening to veto it. supporters of the bill are saying that this gives them a little bit of hope that he might not. they also point to the
overwhelming support that the bill has gotten from both sides of the aisle. there are 29 democratic co-sponsors on this piece of legislation in the house. and obviously senator schumer in the senate is championing that effort as well. so -- it would be a significant expenditure of political capital, really, for president obama to say no to this. it would be the first time that he has been overridden by, particularly by members of his own party. host: how much did the recent release of the 28 pages from the 9/11 report alleging links between saudi arabia and some of the hijackers, how much did this propel all of this forward in terms of getting the legislation to the house floor? guest: depends on who you ask. there's some people who think that it certainly gave it a push, so to speak, but there wasn't any smoking gun in those 28 pages. intelligence officials and the leads of the intelligence committee have been pretty care
to feel say those were preliminary findings, fully investigated bive the intelligence community and ultimately didn't end up bearing fruit. so it's a matter of speculation, really, how much of an impact that had. host: is it your sense that there would be an override vote for the president's veto? guest: it's pretty widely passed and so there's a question of would the president veto it, support ofse the bill believe they have the 2/3 necessary to override that veto. host: we appreciate your update. >> earlier today, house speaker paul ryan held his weekly briefing with reporters at the capitol he discussed health care, combating isis and the upcoming congressional agenda. this is 10 minutes.
[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] speaker ryan: this is suicide prevention week. in a fwiven year, roughly one in five americans suffer from some kind of mental illness. one in five. as you know, the house passed land mark reforms to change the way our health care system deals with mental illness this legislation won't solve all the problems but it's a very, very important step and we hope this bill becomes law. next, even in a government as divided as ours, there are some things that should remain above politics. that of course includes dealing with public health crises such as the zika virus. that is why the house in july, the house passed a plan to make sure that the resources go where they are needed most. i will remind you that this plan is a compromise. it is a full funding level that the senate supported and it is only partially offset. yet the senate democrats voted not once, not twice, but three
time, the senate democrats vote it is three to ims to block this they need to get past the politics and work with us to protect the public. another matter that should be above politics is making sure our men and women in uniform get the resources they need to do their job. we have passed the defense authorization bill for decades on a bipartisan basis. this week, we learned of a pentagon memo that lays out in detail a plan to, and i'm quote, play hardball with our national defense bill. this bill is a bill that both parties have always worked on together. it provides for a pay raise for our troops. but the memo describes a veto of that pay raise, and i'm quoting again, to use it as a principal weapon at our disposal. when you consider our readiness crisis, it is an abity case of responsibility for this administration and its officials to use our military as political leverage. quite frankly, they ought to be
ashamed of this memo. my hope is that secretary carter will recant this strategy and work with us in good faith to pass a defense bill. that is exactly why we are offering a better way for national security. so that we can truly build a 21st century military and have a strategy that keeps us safe and doesn't play politics with our military. you can learn more about this by going to better.gop. with that, i'm happy to answer your questions. a little louder. >> [inaudible] speaker ryan: we don't have the votes right now. it's not something i'm thinking about because i know the votes on this issue pretty well and we don't have the votes and they quite frankly, i think they've got to fix this, they've got to fix it and they haven't done that. >> when you said you want the party to be the proposition party, that you want 2016 to be the "batman begins"le of ideas,
yet donald trump hasn't put forward a plan to defeat isis are you urging him to do so? speaker ryan: we put out a plan to defeat isis. look at the republican party, look at what the house republicans offered, we put out a 6 -point plan to bolster our military and defeat isis and go after the ideology of radical islamic jihad overseas and how to address homegrown jihadists. look at what we're offering in conjunction with our nominee. >> speaker ryan, on zika, one of the issues is family planning money are you open to funding that allows planned parenthood to help those people. speaker ryan: there's no planned parenthood in this bill. to put an earmark for planned parenthood is something we don't do. >> we're going to have a vote on jasta and suing saudi arabia. what do you say to folks like john bolton who wrote an op-ed in the "wall street journal" expressing concern about
sovereignty issues, relations with saudi arabia and what is the downside of a piece of legislation like this? speaker ryan: they raise compelling concerns, but there are compelling concerns on the other side of this as. we i think the votes are very overwhelmingly in favor this bill passed unanimously in the united states senate. i think those concerns have been taken under consideration and i think members are acting accordingly an that's why this bill will pass. >> yesterday, harry reid said the reason the health care law is collapsing now is that republicans refuse to work with them on improving the law. how do you respond to that criticism? speaker ryan: i met with the blue cross-blue shield actuaries. actuaries will tell you the law was going to fail. i met with actuaries who said it's fail two years ahead of ski rule this law was -- was defined in such a way that a
death spiral was inevitable. nothing was going to stop imo ba macare from imploding an collapsing under its own weight. united has pulled out. kaiser said 31% of counties in america ha just one choice. that's a monopoly. it's like not having insurance anymore because your deductibles are is high. no amount of tinkering around this law is going to fix it. again, susan, this is why we as republicans have come together to offer a better way forward on health care. we are showing our fellow citizens what a -- what an obamacare replacement looks like and how we can get to the objective we all share of getting prices down, having more choice, more competition and having patience be the center of our health care system and their doctors and not government bureaucrats who are basically imploding our entire health care system. >> mr. speaker. sorry. >> at the candidate forum last
night, donald trump had high praise for putin and i'm just curious what you think about that, if you're concerned at all. speaker ryan: let me say this about vladimir putin. he's an aggressor who does not share our interests. vladimir putin is violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries. it certainly appears he's conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks on what appears to be our political system. what is not acting in our interests. and that is an adversarial stance and he's acting like an adversary. >> to follow up on that, are you concerned about donald trump praising vladimir putin? speaker ryan: i made my points about putin clear. let's leave it at that. what king about the c.r., are you going to do? speaker ryan: my style of
leadership is to have consensus-driven, bottom-up style of leader shep. our members haven't had a chance to talk to each other for a couple of months. we're going to be discussing end of fiscal year funding resolutions, c.r. strategies, i want to hear from members what we think and thousand to proceed going forward so we have a continuing resolution that will be done by the end of this month. we're going to have a planning conference on it. you're probably going to have to call the i.r.s. that planning conference is next week. >> since we were last in this room, mr. speaker, donald trump hired a campaign c.e.o. who said he's sick of paul ryan rubbing his social justice kath olcism in my face every minute, saying generals have been reduced to rubble, the military is an embarrassment and like my colleague said , he praised vladimir putin and said he's a better leader an the president of the united states. do you still think hillary clinton is the worst thing --
speaker is ryan: do you think i'm going to stand up here -- >> you're backing a nominee. speaker ryan: i'm not going to do tit for tat on what donald trump said. that's not my job. i'm not going to be the election year pundit. >> are you still comfortable voting for him to be command for the chief? speaker ryan: i'll leave it at that. >> senator mcconnell said he's been talking with the white house and democrats about the c.r. have you been involved in discussions with senator mcconnell and the white house about the december c.r. idea? is that something you'd like to sell to your members? speaker ryan: i want to hear from our members first. we want to talk as a family, as a team first before we proceed with any kind of plan to go forward and engage with the white house. i want to hear from members first. i want to have a good conversation with them before we engage. >> have you discuss that with senator mcconnell? speaker ryan: i talk with mitch
all time. >> i don't want to do the day-to-day machinations but you'll have a recess in a few more weeks where you're off through the elections. how hard are you going to work? >> i'm going to be working with house republicans, i'm doing a thing with todd young pretty soon. i think rob portman after that. my job as speaker of the house is to make sure we preserve our house majority. helping preserve our house majority help ours nominee all the way around. so making sure that house republicans are running strong, which we will, will be good for all republicans. >> is there any possibility of a tpp vote, the vice president said he wants one. speaker ryan: i think it's going to go down, i don't think wesht bring up something that's going to go down. >> they talked about budgetary form, one thing specifically talked about was a commission to take a look at entitlements,
taxes and so on. speaker ryan: i'd rather pass a budget that shows what we want to do. take a look at entitlement reforms in a better way. the big drivers of our debt, as you know, jonathan are health care entitlements. we are showing exactly what we think the solution is to saving entitlements from bankruptcy. which also saves the country from bankruptcy. i think we should do our jobs in congress instead -- i was on one of these commissions. they are nice exercises. but they're not substitute for congress doing its job and having a president who is willing to actually take this issue on, the president has never, ever given us a budget that balances. >> but nothing substantive has happened. speenger ryan: barack obama is our president. >> mr. speaker, clarification.
>> house minority leader nancy pelosi also met with reporters at the capitol earlier today. she criticized republicans for not moving forward on zika funding and responded to questions that house republicans were trying to punish democrats for the gun violence sit-in last june. ms. pelosi: we came together to call on the republican congress to stop putting their special interest agenda ahead of the actions to protect the american people. in july, republicans closed down congress, left town, for the summer without having enacted any meaningful funds for zika, for opioids, for flint, or without even allowing a vote on gun violence prevention. now we're back and instead of addressing the threats to america's family, republicans are squandering more time with dead-end bills to benefit their
wall street friends. this morning, i mentioned that there were almost 17,000 americans, now even since this morning, the number has risen. almost 19,000 americans including 1,800 pregnant women have been infected with zika. the president submitted an urgent request for emergency funding in february. february. yesterday, we were joined by public health experts, some of you were there, and advocates to discuss the serious consequences of congress' inaction. you were there too. i know. thank you. more of you. so you'll get the first two questions today. so that's it. 19,000. 1rks800 pregnant women. in terms of opioids, 7,800 americans are dying of opioid overdoses every day. republicans have refused to provide the funding american communities desperately need. we passed the bill, everybody,
with much fanfare we gave our support. but they didn't give any money. and flint. what a sad thing. a challenge to our conscience as a country. thousands of lead poisoned children in flint are still waiting for help. gun violence. since the republican congress ran out of town in july, more than 2,000, some say as many as 4,500 americans have been killed by gun violence. house -- they won't even allow a te on the most comprehensive consensus gun violence legislation, on expanding background checks and no fly, no buy. republicans have returned from the longest summer recess in modern era, only to continue to stand in the way of action. , too late quickly
to move in a timely fashion, but we must move quickly to have the resources to fight zika for the next full year as part of a clean, short-term continuing resolution. the american people deserve a congress that will do its job. and build a stronger america for everyone. that's the promise of the democrats' new american security agenda, secure our nation, secure our democracy, secure our future. that future would be built on a budget that will move the economy forward by creating a secure financial future for all of america's families that can buy a home, send children to college, and retire with dignity. we cannot afford more republicans' toxic special interest obstruction and we are asking them to find the areas where we have common ground and let's get a job done for the american people. i have time for a few questions because we're busy on the floor.
>> tomorrow, the bill about saudi arabia and terrorism -- passed by unanimous consent in the senate. there have been some reservations, the president talked about vetoing it. issues of sovereignty. do you have other reservations about this? somebody who used to be on the intelligence committee. but the concern about that. ms. pelosi: i think the bill could be better. it could have a little more clarity in the language. >> what would that clarity be? ms. pelosi: the word shall. we spend a good deal of time fighting over the word shall. should to shall, may to shall. shall a word we're always naming that we would like to have seen something happen there. but the senate passed it by unanimous consent. and sent it over. once you have a u.c. from the senate it's hard to change the
language. the administration is trying to get taos change the language and send it back to the senate, it's a little late. but yes, the bill could be better. there could be, as there always is, a national security waiver for the president of the united states. having said that, the bill will pass in suspension tomorrow. >> on the continuing resolution is, it's a little early but it seems like we've seen this movie before in which democratic votes are needed to pass, oftentimes that means that you aren't successful in keeping things you don't like off them. are there some tie tells you'd like to have -- some items you'd like to have consistently added, disaster aid for louisiana, theaps, money for flint, or problem at the ex-im bank? ms. pelosi: i think those are
ood additions. i hope they are part of the body of the legislation. this challenges our conscience, it's a state's decision to release watter that would poison children, a decision. and for us not to have made the appropriate -- not meeting that challenge appropriately. so flint, michigan. opioids funding. kwon if that's going to be in the bill. certainly zika. and zika, by zika, i mean for a year. i don't mean for three months. we just can't go through this every few months. zika should be emergency spending it should not be offset because it is an emergency. the ex-im bank is constrained, as you know, by the limitation on what loans they can be involved in without a quorum and so we would like to address that. i just wish the senate would
confirm another member to the ex-im bank but in the absence of that. i'm going to meet with the governor of louisiana this afternoon and see what some of their needs are in relationship to the community development block grants and the rest so that we can come to their -- meet their needs as soon as possible and the timing of that, sad to say, sad that it happened, convenient that it's happening right now, as we write a c.r. the -- there are probably some other things. but we want no poison pills. we want a clean bill. and we want it to be something, as i said, that the authorization for zika goes for a year. and i don't want to see any offsets for zika. we'll see how we come out of that. it is a national emergency. and we should not have to take
-- cannibalize other accounts that are very important to the american people. >> on the issue of extra funding , you said zika should not be offset. i'm wondering if you think there should be parity in the treatment of zika and if there's any proposed supplemental funds from louisiana for disaster relief? ms. pelosi: i think that we should , in a bipartisan way, come together and say, let us establish a fema-like fund for it's aers, emergencies that our people are subjected to, like zika, where $1.9 billion is needed. this is an emergency. when we did the budget agreement last year, when we did the appropriations, there was no discussion of almost $2 billion for zika. almost $1 billion for opioids. no money for flint. yet now the republicans are saying, whatever we do to
address those needs has to come out of last year's budget agreement. these are emergencies. unforeseen occurrences that endanger the health and well being of the american people just the way natural disaster does. so perhaps we can come together, take a little longer to do, to put together a flow of funds om a dedicated account for endangerment of the public welfare, similar to a natural disaster but it might be a mosquito. that's what i would do about that yes, ma'am. >> the presidential forum last night, there was a vet who asked hillary clinton a question that seems to be sort of nagging her a bit in terms of, if a military member essentially committed the same acts that she did in
regards to handling classified information they would be treated differently than she was treated by the f.b.i. even though she was exonerated completely by the f.b.i., it's still sort of nagging her right now as far as how military members are reacting to her. do you really think that perhaps if an average citizen or military member committed the same acts that they would be treated the same or differently? ms. pelosi: i did not see, because we had our own events going last night. but what i did see of the reporting of last night, i thought she handled that question very well. what she did was not something that endangered our national security. she said it was -- she shouldn't have done it that way, it raises questions, that's unfortunate. but i think that, as i have said it's much ado about something but too much ado about it. and i think that hillary clinton to n no way -- i don't want
se the wrong words here. you use a word like responsible -- i think that she should just move on from this. i have said on intelligence committee -- sat on the intelligence committee since the early 1990's, longer than anyone here. i know of what i speak about classification and how careful we all are about not even acknowledging something we may have learned in a classified setting. and i don't think that hillary linton did that. you mention -- >> you mentioned that republicans were looking for ways to punish democrats over the sit-in. do you have any other details on what the form of that punishment will be? ms. pelosi: you'll have to ask them. it's supposed to happen next week.
i don't think they should do it at all. if they do, we would welcome that. heard two things, that they're going to do something, for now, to punish and then try to change the rules for the next congress. the only congress that can change the rules for the next congress is the next congress. i think they're just feeding the beast with that kind of conversation. but if they want to come in and say that we're going to punish you for having a demonstration for gun violence prevention led by an all-american icon, john lewis, bring it on. i have to go. thank you all. >> madam leader can i follow up with your louisiana governor meeting, was that prompted by any special concerns about how the feds reacted to the disaster? >> no, no i think he just was in washington. thank you.
>> the house is out for the night but earlier today members passed a bill that changes s.e.c. requirements for small investment firms when they sell stock. the chamber returns at 9:00 a.m. eastern. for debate on another financial services bill which aims to loosen requirements on private equity funds. lawmakers are also expected to work on a measure relating to 9/11 families and lawsuits against saudi arabia. watch the house live here on c-span when members return omorrow. >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and polity -- policy issues that impact you. coming up friday morning, new york republican congressman tom reed will join us to talk about his endorsement of donald trump. and the statements that congressman has made on the record saying mr. trump needs to be reined in if he wants to win the election. then new york democratic congressman gregory meeks will
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then, the vice-presidential candidates debate at longwood university in virginia, then on sunday, october 9, washington university in st. louis host the second presidential debate, leading up to the third and final debate between hillary clinton and donald trump taking place at the university of nevada-las vegas on october 19. live coverage of the presidential and vice-presidential debates on c-span. listen live on the free c-span radio app. or watch live or any time on emand at c-span.org. earlier today, vice president biden joined congressional democrats at the capitol to urge republicans to take action on zika funding. the merrick garland supreme court nomination and gun vibles. this is 20 minutes.
harry reid. joined by our colleagues in the united states senate, the democrats of the senate, welcome to the house side. [applause] today we stand on the steps of the capitol, the capitol, a place where the american people expect and deserve us to make progress in their lives. after one of the longest recesses in modern history, congress has returned. instead of getting the job done to meet the needs of the american people, republicans are wasting time with bills that are going nowhere. as members of congress, we swear a solemn oath to support the constitution and protect the american people. that's why democrats have put forward a new american security jay ageneral da, securing our nation, securing our democracy, securing our future. to move the economy forward, we need to create a secure financial future for all americans so they can buy a
home, send their children to college, and retire with dignity. in terms of america's families, today, americans face critical public health emergencies. that are endangering the future of thousands of children. emergencies that cry out for action. almost 17,000 americans have been infected by the zika virus, including almost 1,600 women. pregnant women. thousands of lead poisoned children in flint are still waiting for help. dozens of americans are dying of opioid overdoses every day. instead of addressing these emergency needs, republicans are squandering their time on the floor this week to help their friends on wall street. and since the republican congress began its recess in july, over 2,000 americans have been killed by gun violence. instead of allowing a vote on
gun violence prevention, republicans are planning a vote to punish house -- are vote to punish house democrats led by our national icon, john lewis, for our sit-in to demand action to save lives. e won't let that happen. again and again, month after month, republican congress put their radical obstruction ahead action to protect the families in danger. families across america are being abandoned by the republican congress that refuses to do its job. the american people need, expect, and deserve better, together, democrats are calling on republicans to stop blocking help for our fellow americans who are calling upon the republicans to do your job. to do your job. do your job. two people who are famous for getting the job done honor us
with their presence today. vice president joe biden, thank you for your courageous and effective leadership. [applause] and for being an unsurpassed voice for america's working families in america. and now, i yield to a proven fighter, a steadfast champion, a great patriot, senate democrat leader harry reid. [applause] mr. reid: when i was told tuesday we were going to do this event here, i said, cool, man, cool. oor choice of words. i'm happy to be here today with joe biden and nancy pelosi. two of my friends, people i've come to know so well, and appreciate so much. in the senate we stand in amazement. longest recess since the 1960's.
with everything to do but we do nothing. it is squandering of the resources of this country. merrick garland has been waiting almost 180 days. everyone knows that it has put the supreme court in a very difficult position. 4-4 decisions all the time. some we like, some we don't like. but it's unfair. we should have a full contingency of supreme court justices. zika. yesterday, we learned that scientists have found a zika virus go into people's eyes. causing blindness and a lot of visual impairment. we don't know about see chasm we do not know all the problems with zika. the president told us way back in february we had to do something and we have done
nothing. except pass a bill in the senate, 89 votes, bipartisan, wasn't everything we wanted, but it was a good bill. $1.1 billion. we whipped it over to the house. and it went to ryan's graveyard. sadly, they whipped it back to us after a short period of time and i guess the senate republicans have forgotten what they voted on just a few weeks ahead of time because we got a bill back saying, oh, we've taken care of zika. one problem, the two million women who went to planned parenthood last year can't go anymore. we're not going to let them. veterans, we'll take half a billion dollars from them because that money was only to be used to process claims which we know doesn't create a problem. took money from ebola, obamacare is their pincushion they're trying to punch holes in. if that weren't enough, just to
fly a flag of who they are, they want to make sure they could continue flying the confederate flag on military cemeteries. that's their solution to zika. there are a lot of other issues, as we know. i'm not here to give a speech today. i'm here to introduce someone that i admire so very, very much. i served in the senate for 32 years with joe biden, and the congress with joe biden from the day i got there, to the day he left he was my pal. that's how those of us who serve with joe feel. he's our pal. he's a man who understands who we are. he's one of us. i have had such wonderful times with joe biden. i can count those times, i don't have enough fingers or toes. but i can remember one time, we flew from indianapolis to reno, nevada. and we had the most wonderful
conversation. i asked joe some questions. because i have always been curious about when he came to the senate he proceeded to tell me. what a story. what a story. joe biden's life. we we kind of felt that when helped grieve with him about that wonderful young man who was his son. so joe, we're happy you're here. i don't know how many more times i'm going to be able to introduce you but i want you to always understand, you've been an inspiration to me, i care a great deal about you, and i know you're going to continue making a big difference in making our world a better place. joe biden. [applause] vice president biden: thank you harry, thank you, nancy. i'm going to be really brief because you're all feeling the
heat. so are the american people. they're feeling the heat. nancy and harry have made the case, look, folks, this is -- some of the things we're dealing with now are bigger than partisan politics. and there's urgent national interests to act on a number of things. i'm just going to speak to three and very briefly. you know, we're facing a simple reality. we are not doing the people's most urgent business. particularly on three item which is i don't think there's really any serious debate in the nation about. number one, zika. it is a genuine health threat. it's a genuine health threat. it's here. it's consequential. deal with it. give us an up or down vote. straight on zika. look, i've opinion here a long time in the senate. i understand attaching
controversial issues to important legislation. but not to national emergencies. debate, having a vote on it, figure out how to do it, on planned parenthood or anything else, but this is a national emergency. if you care about children and that's the argue they're making about dealing with planned parenthood if you care about them, wake up man. an awful lot of people, an awful lot of babies, an awful lot of children being carried in the womb, are going to end up in a very, very, very lifelong, serious situation. where they're fundamentally compromised. so act. people's health, the well being of unborn children, the health of the country at large is at stake. act. i've been here a long time. i don't remember when there's a national emergency. we just haven't said, we'll deal
with that emergency. now unless my republican friends think this is a national emergency, which i haven't heard them make that argument, maybe they do. then that's a different story. but it is a legitimate national emergency. it's a health crisis in america. so act. number two. give merrick garland a vote. look, folks. you don't have to -- my friends in the senate, they don't have to support merrick garland. you don't have to support the chief judge of the circuit. vote no. but give him a vote. we're setting an incredibly dangerous precedent in the institution that i love, they served in 36 years. i'm prouder of being a senator over that time than anything i've done in my whole life. but don't, don't set this dangerous precedent. when i was ranking member of the judiciary committee and/or chairman for 17 years, i'm told to my chagrin i presided over
more supreme court nominations than any other person in history that's living. guess what? every single one, sever -- every nominee was greeted by the committee. every single nominee got a hearing. every nominee got out of committee even when i was chairman, even when they didn't have a majority vote. under the rule to get out. and was sent to the floor. i was pillried by some of my friends in the democratic party. but it is the senate's responsibility to act. up or down. you know and the fact of the matter is, every nominee, including anthony kennedy in an election year, got an up or down vote. not much at the -- not much of the time. not most of the time. every time. every single solitary time. there's real consequences for continuing to leave this post vacant. you report on it every day.
report on what the 4-4 votes mean. report on the disparate application of federal law and the constitutional law in different parts of the country. this is not healthy. and the constitution clearly by implication and i believe as a matter of fact requires the senate to do its duty. vote. you don't have to vote yes. but stand and be counted. vote. the third point i want to mention is we talk about guns. i'm not going to get into a whole, everybody know misrecord on guns. i'm the guy that wrote the legislation that banned assault weapons and you know, anyway, but no, no, no. here's the deal. i'm not even talking about that. there's an overwhelming consensus in america. if you can't fly you shouldn't be able to buy. i mean, go out and ask your neighbor, when you guys go home an you want to go home, i know you have to be objective about this, ask your neighbor. do you think someone who is put on the terrorist watch list
should be able to go in and buy a gun? what are you all writing about? what are we all talking about? the lone wolf. the lone wolf was inspired by isis or inspired by radical organization. or maybe directed. who are the most likely people to do that? the people on the terrorist watch list. there's a means by which you can appeal whether you should be on that watch list but if you're on the watch list you shouldn't be able to walk in and buy a weapon. we already had three bites out that apple here with lone wolfs acting and devastating communities. look, the last point i'll make, and you know, sometimes to the chagrin of some of my friends i don't think really, but sometimes, i have a close, personal relationship with the republican leadership. i mean, mitch mcconnell and i work well together. i worked well with john mccain who is always beating up on ming
he's my friend. with lindsey graham, with paul, the speaker of the house. so i never tell another man or woman what their responsibility is, what their duty is, or how they should vote but look guys, all you people, many here, you travel around the world like i do. i've traveled over a -- over 1,100,000 miles just since being vice president. i get sent by the president because they know when i speak, i speak for him and there's nothing lost between the cup and he lip. i can't tell you how many times the dysfunction of washington is impact -- has impacted upon our ability to get things done. i sit across the table from a world leader, friend or foe, convince them that we should make a compromise exor they should accept our position how to move forward in our bilateral relationships. literally shake hands. and they'll look at me while shaking hands and say, i believe you but can you get this done? can you get this done?
they understand that the presidency is powerful but the congress is equally as power. they understand our system. and they understand without the ability of this kuok to function, it impacts on our ability to conduct foreign policy. so it's not just the dysfunction that occurs here at home, it's internationally. and it's real. i'm not exaggerating. and those of you who cover the international scene in the press, you know what i'm saying is true. you know what i'm telling you is the case. and all of my friends, particularly guys like john and others who travel around the world, are involved in national security and foreign policy, they know. we've got to end the dysfunction. and the single most significant thing we can do now is act on all of those things that are absolute consensus and fulfill your constitutional responsibility.
so act on the national health emergency. now. no riders. act on no fly, no buy. there's a lot more i want to do in terms of background checks. but act now. and do your job in terms of not spreading the dysfunction of the congress to the supreme court of the united states. thank you all very much. [applause] ms. pelosi: thank you all very much. do your job! do your job!
>> here's a look at our primetime lineup, getting set to kick off in a moment. tonight, hillary clinton news conference. that's coming up next. news conference in white plains, new york. after that, governor mike pence speaks at the reagan presidential library in california. and later, president obama's final news conference in laos. >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up friday morning, new york republican congressman tom reed will join us to talk about his endorsement of donald trump. and the statements the congressman has made on the record saying mr. trump needs to be reined in if he wants -- wants to win the election. then new york democratic congressman gregory meeks will be on to talk about the latest campaign developments, including donald trump's and hillary clinton's outreach efforts to
african-americans and other minority voters, as well as imgrailings and the congressional agenda leading up to the november election. be sure to watch join the discussion. >> this washington times restore today, vice president biden to gop, deal with zika, guns, and garland. running that joe biden reprieved his role as the consummate dealmaker urging his former gop sparring partners to deal with these election crises that are bigger than partisan politics. he said that congress must address busy to epidemic without getting pulled into side issues related to women's health. he urged lawmakers to ban people from terror watchlist there's -- on terror watchlist from guns.
supreme vacancy on the court. efforts.r bipartisan it has the feel of a campaign event. dozens of house and senate democrats cling to my used steps of the capitol under the d.c. and chatting republicans of chance of do your job. -- chants of do your job. yesterday, rid better ginsburg spoke to law students about replacing the late antonin scalia. was wondering if you thought there were any valley constitutional argument that would prevent president obama from filling justice scalia's seat on the supreme court? i hope that is not to political. [laughter] as you know, the president has the authority to name appointed to the supreme court.
so with the soon -- consent of the senate. the senate does not act as it is be doneng now, what can about the? -- it? of aif you could conceive lawsuit, what with the responsibility? ok, if they have to vote, they will vote no. i do think that cooler heads will prevail. i hope sooner, rather than later. the president is elected for four years, not three years. yourower continues into four and maybe some members of the senate will wake up and appreciate that that is how it should be.
senate judiciary committee ranking member patrick leahy met with the supreme court nominee, merrick garland this week from c-span congress producer craig kaplan. tweaking some video of the meeting with senate judiciary committee ranking member leahy meeting with merrick garland. 175 days after their first meeting. let's take a look at that. you, if judge garland is not confirmed, will you counsel -- cancel the bid to the? --the bid? her tost want to talk to see how he's doing. he will have to wait longer than any nominee ever has and there we have hadtime -- plenty of time.
david young, congressman from iowa with this tweet today. met with the principal deputy director of the cdc to discuss seek updates. before among the issues the house and senate that congress is back from the summer recess. also the remaining spending bill for fiscal year 2016. the house is back tomorrow morning here on c-span. whenever the house is incessant, watch it -- session, watch it live on c-span. the senate is on c-span2. hillary clinton held a news conference for the first time in over 270 days. she spoke to reporters from the westchester county airport in white plains, new york. this is 15 minutes.
mrs. clinton: good morning. good morning, everyone. last night i was very glad to be able to begin a conversation with the american people and offer some of my thoughts about isis, iran, and how we reform the v.a. system to provide better care for our veterans. i'm honored that in the last 24 hours, more retired generals and admirals have decided to endorse my campaign. to focus more on this crucial challenges, tomorrow i'm
convening a meeting of bipartisan national security leaders and experts, including former secretaries of homeland andrity, michael chertoff janet napolitano. general john allen, former acting director of the cia and michael morel and former nato supreme allied commander, james jeffrey and others. we will discuss how to intensify our efforts to defeat isis and keep our country safe. to that end, i want to underscore something that i mentioned last night. priority make it a top to hunt down the leader of isis. and bring him to justice just as we did to osama bin laden. as with that operation, getting him will require a focused effort driven at the highest level. i believe it will send a resounding message that nobody
directs or inspires attacks against the united states and gets away with it. clear, last night was yet another test and donald trump failed again. we some more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander-in-chief. he trashed talked american general's saying they have been reduced to rubble. he suggested he would fire them and replace them with his hand-picked generals. formercked dozens of flag officers by saying we have been losing for a long time. that is how he talks about distinguished men and women who have spent their lives serving our country, sacrificing for us. that is how he would act as commander-in-chief.
bizarrely, once again he phrased russia's strongman -- praised russia's strong man vl say that he prefers the russian president to america's president. unpatriotic,ust to the people of our country and our commander-in-chief, it is scary. putin dots he will let whatever he wants to do. and then make excuses for him. i was just thinking about all of the presidents that would be looking at one another and total astonishment. what would ronald reagan say? a republican nominee who attacks praisess generals and
russia's president. i think we know the answer. and when asked how he would spread -- stop the spread of global terrorism, his answer was take the oil. the united states of america does not invade other countries to plunder and pillage. we don't send our brave men and women around to steal oil. and that is not even getting into the absurdity of what it would involve. massive infrastructure, large numbers of troops, many years on the ground. of course, donald trump has not through -- thought through any of that. every republican holding or seeking office in this country should be asked if they agree with donald trump about the statements. one thing you did not hear from trump last night's any plan to take on isis. one of the biggest threats race in this country. he said his plan is still a secret but the truth is that he does not have one. that is not only dangerous, it
should be disqualified. very different vision for how we keep our country safe and strong. i respect the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve america i will work with our allies to defeat isis and i will hold true to our country's most cherished values. the attentionof being paid to the campaign, we cannot forget how important this decision is. is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. i will never forget the horror of that day. victimsever forget the and survivors and the great first responders that i met with and served and work for a senator from new york. that is what has kept me working so hard. that is who i was thinking of 10 years later in the white house situation room with president
obama when the decision was made to bring osama bin laden to justice. oft is the kind commander-in-chief i will be. someone who will bring us together with common purpose to keep our people safe and countries dong -- country strong. >> the latest real clear politics average has you up by an average of 2.8 percentage points over donald trump. given what you say are his historic inadequacies and disqualification on the commander-in-chief point that you just made, shouldn't you basically be running away with it at this point? mrs. clinton: as i have said many times, i have always thought this would be a close election. that is why we have been putting organization and place gearing up for these final weeks to mobilize and turn out voters. that is what we are going to do.
i feel we are in a strong position but we are not taking any one or anything or any place for granted. hopefully we will pull out as many posters to agree with me as we possibly can muster. >> you said unequivocally last night that you would not put troops into iraq ever again. isn't that ignoring some ground forces there and boxing yourself and should your military commanders advise that you need to do that? mrs. clinton: i have said that before. i said it on numerous occasions. a big contingent of american ground troops on the ground in iraq and syria would not be in the best interest in the fight against isis and other terrorist groups. in fact, i think it would fulfill one of their dearest
wishes which is to drag the united states into a ground war in that region. however, i have been very clear that said this again last night, i support the air campaign. i support special forces. i support enablers. intelligence and reconnaissance. i will be prepared to do whatever is necessary to support the arab and kurdish fighters on the ground to take out as much of the infrastructure of isis in the air and go after the isis leader with a very focused commitment to taking him off the battlefield. i think the approach i've outlined intensifies what we are arguing. it also recognizes that there is no, in my opinion, cap forward to ground troops that would be in our interest. good morning. you have beenton,
criticized by the rnc for your demeanor last night to that you were too serious. that you did not smile enough. can you react to that? and you suggested there is a double standard. you think you are treated differently because you are a woman? mrs. clinton: i will let all of you ponder that last question. i think there will be a lot of phd theses and popular journalism writing on that subject for years to come. i don't take my advice and i don't take anything sicily that comes from the rnc. that comes from the rnc. we were talking about serious issues. i know the difference between what we have to do to fix the v.a., what we have to do to take the fight to isis that just making political happy talk. i had a very short window of time in that event last night to convey the seriousness with which i would approach the issues that concern our country.
donald trump chose to talk about his deep admiration and support for vladimir putin. maybe he did it with eight smile and i get the rnc would have liked that. and i guess the rnc would have liked that. hat!e that >> it's a new look. last night, mr. trump suggested in some of his security briefings that the briefers made a suggestion or insinuation that they were not pleased the cia with the decisions that the obama administration had made so far. did you get the same impression with the briefings you got? mrs. clinton: i think what he said was totally inappropriate and undisciplined. on -- comment on
any aspect of an intelligence briefing i received. [indiscernible] going into the debate? mrs. clinton: that is a fair question. i have been somewhat heartened by the number of articles recently pointing out the quite trump andtreatment of his campaign impaired to ours. -- compared to ours. i don't understand the reason for it. i find it frustrating. it is part of the landscape that we live in and we keep forging ahead. look, i think this is a really important moment for everybody in our country. these have seen by the numbers of republicans concerned about trump coming forward and saying this is not acceptable.
they are willing to put the nines -- names out there. people who have never endorsed a democrat, they are so concerned about this man and how totally unqualified he is to be president and how totally temperamentally unfit he is the commander-in-chief. know he says outrageous things on a regular basis. i know that is part of the coverage and i know it may be difficult to feel that you know he responds to behaviors, but we are on the brink of making a very critical decision for our country. if i were not the candidate, if i were not the nominee, if i were just a concerned citizen, i would be out here doing everything i could to sound the alarm about somebody like donald trump getting anywhere near the white house. i will continue to do that.
support a totally unqualified nominee. i have no sympathy for them. it is their nominee. themot go to tolerate continuing to make misleading andinaccurate accusations putting out misinformation about me. here's the latest example. matt olson, a very distinguished and affective former director of the national counterterrorism disturbed by what he had seen coming from the trunk campaign -- trump campaign that he wrote an article that has come online in the last 48 hours pulling from public sources very clear statements by isis leaders essentially throwing whatever support they have to donald trump. they have come as matt olson
pointed out, they hope that all allah delivers america to come. they hope he is -- trump. they hope he is president because it would give more motivation to every jihadi. someone who has insulted muslims. has insulted a gold star family, and incredibly heroic captain khan. someone who has said he does not want to let muslims around the world coming to our country. that is a gift for isis. mattis what mask olson -- olson, someone who knows more about this than republicans trying to muddy the waters, clearly stated. that is what i mean. i'm not asking for any special treatment. i know the road i'm on. i've been on it for 25 years. i get up every day and keep moving forward.
i will serve it with my entire heart, mind and soul. toill do everything i can protect america and i will do everything i can to make sure donald trump is not president. this latest information coming from a distinguished counterterrorism expert should in every american mind motion to try to figure out what everyone can do to prevent donald trump from being president. thank you.
>> hillary clinton tries to solve donald trump's wounds. that is a headline from politico.com. thank you for being with us, louis nelson. >> thank you. >> let me begin with the press avail itself. didafter nearly nine months she agreed to take reporter questions? >> it seems like the pressure has been building towards this for at least the last few weeks and probably longer than that. campaign hass begun sending out e-mails every day about hiding hillary and the number of days that she had left on a conference. she warmed to the press over the last couple of days. she started traveling with the press on a bigger airplane allowing the press to travel
with her. she has been taking impromptu questions from the press on board the plane. taking questions. this seemed like a natural extension of that. that is one aspect of it. two, i think she was eager to get back out and get the word and on last night's meeting. she had to go first. donald trump finished. she wanted to come out and say a couple of things and get a couple things out there. >> was this an effort by the clinton campaign to make sure that her message and her words were driving the discussion today and tonight? >> sure. it was an attempt to sort of get back may be on the offensive,
get back on the positive note. okedher candidate lo especially pretty last hundred donald trump appeared to have a fairly loose mastery of the facts and subject matter. sheary clinton, although was on top of the facts and seemed, she sort of defensive and not terribly confident on the stage. it seemed like this morning her decision to hold this conference was an effort to have last night's shaky performance not be the most recent tape of her that is shown all over the news. >> on your earlier point, as you write, this is sort of a debate drive run. -- dry run. both candidates on the same stage but not at the same time. the commander in chief for him.
hillary clinton getting a lot of questions on her e-mails, her server, confidential and classified and top-secret information. did she stop the bleeding or did he raise more questions? -- should raise more questions? -- she raise more questions? >> i'm not sure she did either one. she certainly has not stopped the bleeding. donald trump focused on making sure she cannot stop the bleeding. that is one of their strongest talking points. it's bestie the larger theme of the campaign that she is dishonest, cannot be trusted. that kind of stuff. so clinton -- hillary clinton has tried to put this behind her. has tried to wrap this up with a bow and put it behind her. the fbi released all of these investigative notes from the investigation into her, --ething that the fbi wanted
the campaign wanted the fbi to do. there were fresh details and new questions that came out that reignited the discussion about hillary clinton's use of the e-mail server and things like an aid to her husband, he's in a hammer to destroy some of her blackberries. using a computer program to wipe away things on the server. it's like that that reignite all the concerns. >> and concerns on some of the comments donald trump made last night including his reference to the american generals that have been reduced to rubble. something that hillary clinton jumped on today. have we heard more from the trunk campaign on that damon -- trump campaign on that statement? >> retired general michael flynn, one of donald trump closest military advisers, a guy who is considered a dark horse candidate to be running mate, he
is close to donald trump. he came out this morning and said donald trump was absolutely right that hillary clinton -- excuse me, that the generals had rubbleduced to underneath president obama. flynn said that basically there is a disconnect between the white house and president obama and the military. the military is unable to do the things that it could be doing to attack the islamic state. that is what the trump campaign said. that is what one of their surrogates said in defending the remark. hillary clinton and her campaign manager came out this morning
and said this was insulting to notmilitary and that it is language becoming a someone who wants to be commander-in-chief. >> louis nelson, who is following the clinton and trump campaigns and his reaction to the forum that took place last night, thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. it was a pleasure. for campaign 2016, c-span continues on the road to the white house. >> i will be a president for democrats, republicans, and independents. >> we're going to win with education, the second amendment. we are going to win. ahead, live coverage of the presidential and by presidential debates on c-span. the c-span radio app and c-span.org. monday, september 26, the first presidential debate. on tuesday, october 4, vice presidential candidates debate
in virginia. 9, the secondober presidential debate. the final debate between hillary clinton and donald trump taking place at the university of nevada las vegas on october 19. live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates on c-span. listen live on the free c-span ando app or watch live anytime on-demand at c-span.org. coming on c-span, governor mike pence beset the reagan presidential library in california. after that, president obama's final news conference in laos. later, hearing on the cash payment from the u.s. government to iran. were -- shortly before the release of hostages. the washington journal.
live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. writing morning, new york republican congressman will talk about his endorsement of donald trump and the statement that the congress and has made on the record saying mr. trump needs to be reined in if he wants to win the election. congressmanmocratic will be on to talk about the latest campaign developments including donald trump and hillary clinton outreach efforts to african-americans, as well as immigration and the congressional agenda leading up to the november election. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal beginning life at 7:00 a.m. eastern on friday money. join the discussion. >> republican vice presidential nominee mike pence book at the ronald reagan presidential library in california. he spoke about similarities between donald trump and resident reagan. this is just over one hour. [applause]
>> good morning, everyone. of beinge honor executive director of the ronald reagan presidential candidates and -- foundation. [applause] for joining us this morning. in honor of our men and women who defend our freedom around the world, please stand and join for the pledge of the allegiance. >> pledge allegiance, to the flag of the united states of america. to the republic, a nation, under
god, indivisible and -- with liberty and justice for all. please be seated. get started, very few people in the audience i would .ike to make sure we recognize governor pence's daughter charlotte. if you would stand. [applause] foundation and the board of trustees, governor pete wilson and his lovely wife. [applause] and our former advance man for president reagan, andrew with his wife karen. [applause] forget our former
congressman and his wife. great to have you here. [applause] i want to introduce the district attorney but i don't think he could stay. he brought with him the supervisor of her chair county venturare a county -- county. valley, and from thousand oaks, rob mccoy. [applause] last but not least, director of the reagan library. [applause] ok. honored to welcome all of you to our mountaintop.
it is not a geological surprise visitor and time special guest, but it is good practice. his statesof topography in 1980 recorded that there are no mountains and indiana and there is no could that there ever was. [laughter] i realized our special guest mike feels that he has done quite a bit of climbing these past few weeks with a few peeks ahead as he works his way and fights his way toward the second highest office in our land. i think i can say that for all of us gathered here, we are glad to join you in the climb. [applause]
some might, some sage advice from president reagan, he said, i look to the hills from whence cometh my strength. paul clement aside, i can say that i am sure president reagan would have felt an immediate kinship with our guest, after all, knowing that he grew up just one state west. he was probably acquainted with hoosier hysteria. he commented come indiana, babies are not born with silver spoons, they come equipped with basketballs and high top speakers -- sneakers. [laughter] indiana may be considered the capital of american basketball, it does not take long to realize that it is also the breeding ground for fine character. in the words of hoosier poets, there are quote the good old-fashioned people, the
hard-working people. 1947, thed, in general assembly of indiana adopted the resolution serving notice on congress of the united states that the people of indiana are fed up with subsidies, paternalism, described as federal grants. [applause] that kind of thinking fits right into our 40th president correa wheelhouse and that they can has brought our get the forefront of american politics. like ronald reagan, i was interested to learn that governor pence is a recovering democrat. [laughter] who crossed to the site -- right side of the road. perhaps you heard him on the radio in the early 80's.
the mike pence show. rushville, indiana, he called decaf. rush limbaugh on [laughter] and this is where he began his political journy to congress. -- journey to congress. his journey continues. we recognize that those partnerships can even involve the give and take and differences among running mates. president reagan successful economic program for the nation became known as reaganomics. before becoming the president, the vice president tonight -- presidential pick, george h bush economics.he voodoo he ended up becoming the most reliable wingmen resident reagan ever had. we also recognized the similarities are guest shares with the president reagan.
a belief in god. american exceptionalism. the power of individual liberty. the importance of fiscal responsibility. the capacity for american business. the need for a strong military to provide a safer world. and a desire to be home with his wife for dinner every night. to ensure that you will make it home tonight, i shall be seated. ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to introduce to you governor mike pence. [applause] gov. pence: thank you for that overly generous introduction.
i'm very humbled by that. and frankly, quite moved. move that so many of you would come out to welcome me. as well as my favorite oldest daughter. [laughter] this great and important place. the governor wilson and gail, john high bush, the trustees , it, my former colleagues is a joy. it is a privilege to be in reagan country. [applause] it really is. [applause] grateful that so many of you would come out. particularly some of the young people here from local schools. in the last few months, i've gotten used to bigger crowds.
opportunityh the that i was afforded a little more than six weeks ago to run and serve as the next vice president of the united states of america. [applause] things have changed for me a little bit. it was not too long ago i was running up to an event in indiana and a fellow who organized it was in a local school auditorium and i was a little late as it was today. i was racing past him and him were three people in the front row and i said to them, did you see there are just three people there for the speech. he said, yes. i saw that. said, didn't you tell them i was the speaker? and that he said, no, i will find out who did.
[laughter] so, thanks for coming. this is very humbling to me. it really is. [applause] i want to speak about two men. one who has inspired my life in so many ways that it makes this moment very humbly to me and more than a little bit emotional. and one who has become my friend. and is inspiring and movement across the country that will make america great again. [applause] before i do that, let me express a word of appreciation to all of you. all of you who have supported dos place and all that you to support the library. the memory of this man. i said to a few members of the
me, thistairs that for is my second visit here. that iabout 10 years ago brought charlotte and audrey and michael and their mother here. would you join me in thanking here today for keeping the life, work, mission and the legacy of ronald wilson reagan alive for future generations. thank you so much. [applause] the hospitality here has been overwhelming. i really do want to begin, i would like to begin the -- open the good book every morning and what my favorite verses is if you owed debts, pay debts. honor, honor. respect, prospective. more than anything else, i'm
here to pay a debt of honor and a debt of gratitude. eloquence, example, broad shouldered leadership in summary ways has inspired my continue tond will inspire any contributions i make. we came here because i wanted my children to get a better look at this man who is part of history. i probably only told him about a thousand times that i met ronald reagan. ok, 1001. [laughter] 1988, irtunity i had in was a 29-year-old candidate for congress was invited to the white house. the governor, it was just a photo op. i was standing there with my new bride in my wife 31 years. we were waiting to go into the blue room for president reagan was waiting.
the political people have told me i should talk about something indiana. if we needed a bridge or a road. said, this care and man is the reason i became a republican. i would just like to say something to him i could tell my grandkids. she looked at me like she still doesn't said, speak from your does and she said, speak from your heart. if the letter was talking to mount rushmore. it set me at ease. said, mike, how the campaign going. ? i said, i something to tell you. he said, go ahead. i said i would like to thank you. i said i want thank you for everything you have done to inspire my generation to believe
in this country again. life, and the my rest of my life, i will always believe that in that moment, the 40th president of united states of america blushed. [laughter] he said, that is a nice thing of you to say. [applause] it is an incredible moment for me. saw realoment, i humility. before i leave you today, i will share with the rest of the what the conversation topic. in this moment, the moment of int margaret thatcher said her message at the national cathedral where i had privileged to- sit and prey on that sad day. she said, we hear still move in twilight but we have one begin to guide us that ronald reagan
never had. we had his example. reagan example and for my entire political life and informs it still. his ideals inspired me to be the party of might -- leave the uth.i don't yo know what it was that made the connection with reagan. i was a young democrat. kind of a kinky organizer if the truth be told. organizer if the truth be told. there is something about the man. my grandfather immigrated from ireland. was because he was in unambiguous irishman. started my career like he did. i worked in radio. i would go on to serve in the
if iess with the likes -- only had 12 years left to live, i would want to live as a member of congress. because that was the longest 12 years of my life. [laughter] the truth is, it was a great privilege to represent indiana. and to fight for the very things. late arrival was a to the reagan revolution. i had run in 1980 but it was not elected to congress for another 12 years. when i got there, i met with other reaganites. we will work shoulder to shoulder for all the principles of the reagan revolution. less government, less taxes. less regulation. in traditional diets. and traditional moral bias. i will also say the governor of indiana inspired me.
when it became governor of the great state of indiana, i made a deeper study of california's history. you can think this great ofernor and this tradition republican governors, governor wilson, i am honored to happy here. [applause] i looked at ronald reagan as the governor and i saw his commitment to lower taxes and education reform. i saw him as a solutions conservative. he inspired me in the state of indiana. my predecessor in the state of indiana works for president reagan. helped lay a foundation of fiscal responsibility. after i was governor, we rolled our sleeves up and passed the large estate tax cut in indiana history. largest increase in india to -- education funding.
we now have one of 12 states with a aaa bond rating and more features are working than ever before. those reagan principles still work. [applause] you that it is exactly the kind of leadership that donald trump is going to bring to washington dc when he is president of the united states. [applause] it is remarkable to think in the times that we live. it is remarkable to think that 36 years ago, ronald reagan crisscrossing the country as my family and donald trump has to do. we look back and it seems so obvious. so clear-cut that the republican party and minds of democrats would make the decision to unite
behind a leader as one of our nation's greatest presidents. at the time, as most of you know, it was a little different. back in 1980, that was hardly the prevailing view. not by a long shot. dismissed thed california governor. he was referred to as a simpleton by some. they said he was little more than a celebrity and entertainer who entered politics late in life. sound familiar? truth be told, initially, reagan even made some inside the republican party uneasy. his rhetoric sounded too strident, too unrefined. then the hinge of history began to swing and freedoms direction. since something amazing began to happen. unexpected.
millions of people started flocking to his campaign. working-class democrat families like the one my mom grew up in. , folks who never voted in a presidential election all began to lean in and listen to the voice and eloquence and common sense of his -- this uncommonly talented man. they heard the sound of a man unbound by washington niceties. in his voice they heard for the first time in a long time, the truth. ronald reagan spoke the truth to the american people. just like donald trump has. [applause] that is no small thing. honesty is the axis on which leadership spends. if you respect someone, he tell them the truth. even when it is hard.
ronald reagan's police were straightforward. they were as american as the white plains of the midwest where we both grew up. god, thea loving goodness of this country and the collective wisdom of the american people. in so doing, he set out to change the nation and ronald reagan changed the world. it is extraordinaire to think -- extraordinary to think. it truly is. [applause] how did he do it? like my running mate, ronald reagan knew his own mind. courage and the conviction to know what he was for an know what he was prepared to fight against. reagan tells a revealing story.
his dad lost the republican nomination to gerald ford in 1976. michael asked his dad was going through his mind. what disappointed him the most was that now he would be unable to face the leader of the soviet union at the negotiating table. , my dad said to me, michael, i want to sit down with the russian president, i was going to allow him to choose the place, even allow him to choose the room, to the table, choose the chairs. i wanted to sit there and listen to him, was into him tell me everything the united states would have to give up to get along with the soviets, then i was going to get up very slowly, while he was talkingto walk around to the other tape -- side of the table and whisper in his iet.""n [applause]
isn't that great? he had the courage of his convictions. today, we are no longer called upon to say no to a soviet union. i believe we are called upon to start saying no all the same. i think it is time that we should say no to weakened american leadership on the world stage that apologizes to her enemies and abandons our friends. our enemies and abandons our friends. [applause] no more to the deep cuts in the arsenal of democracy and no more rent some payments to state sponsors of terror. [applause] no to ahould say
sputtering economy that has pushed millions of americans out of the labor force, made those who are fortunate to have jobs, make do with less and less and we should say no to anyone who deadthe american dream is for the future of this country. [applause] it is a different time. different men. but i want to tell you that , the heartp's heart of his campaign for president is the same impatience. the same dissatisfaction with the status quo. and donald trump's heart and on this team and campaign, the belief in the greatness of this country and the same confidence in the boundless potential of the american people to set things right. [applause]
ronald reagan was an actor from a small town in the midwest. donald trump is a builder from the empire state. they are different men with different styles. a long way from dixon, illinois to manhattan. i should know. [laughter] will tell you, knowing my running mate and having come to know him on a personal level, i truly do believe and i'm here to say that there are fundamental similarities between these two men that the reflection. -- their reflection for all of reflection from of us who want to meet this moment. their honesty and toughness. supposedeve in the that have -- principles that
have always made america great and strong. thatcans know deep down politicians pilot mouth of the policies and plans. those promises oftentimes me nothing. when they come from a dishonest candidate. the reason reagan's bluntness ushered in a republican landslide is fairly simple. he meant it. and so does donald trump. [applause] honesty transcends party. democrats areny what some he once called tr ump-ocrats. they are rallying to the same clarion voice and same truth in that voice. donald trumpeagan, has the honesty and bluntness to
confront the challenges facing the american people. also, like reagan, i don't have to tell anybody in this room, reagan who is willing to walk out and was anxious to lean over and say no, donald trump has the economys to rebuild our and command the respect of the world. [applause] truth and toughness. , denominators between these two uncommonly strong people. those are qualities that expand why so many blue-collar republicans across the country are joining this movement. it's one of the things donald trump tells me most often. like when we were at the fair just the other day. we were on our way to the
fairgrounds and it was labor day. we thought stopping by the fairgrounds would be a good thing. donald that now you are in my strikes on. i affairs. -- i know county fairs. [laughter] get a corn dog. lemon shakeup. you are there. i was briefing him on that. the only thing is, when you go to the pair with donald trump, it is a little different. we arrived and you can look at the pictures, we arrived in the streets were lined with so many people. people heard that this good man, our nominee for president would be there at the camfield